Best Android Browsers 2013
Android web browsers are getting better and better, which is why we’ve decided to create a post where we’ve gathered the best applications that you can use to browse the Internet using your mobile device. Here you can find all the best web browsing apps but, these aren’t listed in any particular order and you can decide for yourself which one to use.
You’ll find popular browsers along with some other newer apps. An Android web browser is one of the most used applications right now and users will always have their own favorite browsers. Users are usually choosing a browsing app based on speed, interface, features, updates and multiple other reasons. It remains for you to decide the one that you will want to use with your smartphone or tablet. All the web browsers listed here should work with all Android 2.3 and later variants.
This isn’t a ‘top 10 Android browsers’ post, as all these applications are different and it might apply different for various users or phones. The download links can be found under each phone’s section.
This is one of the most popular and, at the same time, fastest browsers ever released for Android devices. It features tabbed browsing along with Dolphin Connect, it allows you to sync and send contents between your mobile and desktop browsers.
Dolphin Browser has been installed over fifty million times, the Connect feature allows you to send links, phone numbers, maps and almost any other files from your desktop to your smartphone using desktop browser extensions. You can sync history, passwords, bookmarks and open all the tabs that are currently running on all the other synced devices. The Wi-Fi Broadcast functions permits users to share links with their Dolphin friends using the nearby wi-fi connection. Also, Sonar is the ‘voice search’ function and you can simply say a word and Dolphin will proceed to give you related results.
It also features ‘gestures’, add-ons that can be used to add extensions to your Dolphin Browser for Android app. You can configure favorite mobile web pages using the Speed Dial function. The Dolphin Browser keeps on receiving updates almost weekly and you won’t ever get outdated by any other Android web browser. It packs a user friendly interface, which means that in case you didn’t use it until now, then you will be able to learn fast how to get your way around it.
This web browser is free to use for Android smartphones and tablets. Dolphin Browser can be downloaded from Google Play Store here. It measures only 5MB and it will work with Android 2.0.1 and later variants.
The Dolphin Browser Mini is a lite alternative for the main app. It is fast, easy to use, powerful and it packs Speed Dial, Infinite tabs, smart back and forward, copy text, gestures, tool box, RSS detection, sync bookmarks and history and most visited pages. Also, it packs Flash player for Froyo devices. It measures only 1MB and it can be downloaded from Google’s Play Store here.
UC Browser for Android:
The main feature of this small browser is the ‘adaptable setup’ feature, which allows users to adjust their browsing styles and create separate configurations for multiple network connections. It has been downloaded already by over eight million users worldwide and the number should rise as the browser keeps on getting updates and new features constantly.
Some other great features of UC Browser for your Android device are these: Multi-touch support for gestures and commands, a download manager that allows you to grab files from all over the web faster. Quick Reads is another option that you can enable to grab RSS feeds. The other important functions you’ll find in UC Browser are: Vox – control the app using voice; AutoFill – it will show suggestions as you type a word in the address field; Night Mode – when enabled, it will offer you a better browsing experience in a dark enviroment.
The UC Browser for Android packs only 5.9 MB and it can be downloaded and installed from Google Play Store here. The tablet variant can be grabbed from this link here. UC Browser works with Android 2.1 and later versions.
If you don’t like UC Browser or you think that it works slow, then you might want to test the Lite variant, the UC Browser Mini here. It is a smaller variant and it doesn’t require that many resources in order to run smoothly, which is why is recommended for older smartphones.
Firefox Browser for Android:
The mobile version of last decade’s most popular dekstop web browser is now available for Android devices. It packs all the features from the desktop variant and it can easily become your favorite browsing tool for when you’re playing with your phone or tablet.
More than fifty million users worldwide have installed this application, which is a smoother alternative to Dolphin Browser. It has been released by Mozilla as a ‘fast, smart and safe’ application for all Android users who want to browse the world wide web from their smartphones. It is highly customizable as you can add Add-ons/ extensions, Awesome Screen functions that allows users to set favorite websites and an easy to use page. Awesome Bar is another great feature along with Sync functions that yo can use to Sync the mobile variant of Firefox with the Desktop variant.
Sync function will bring all the bookmarks, history, passwords, bookmarks and opened tabs from your desktop Firefox browser and to your mobile Firefox app. The Reader Mode will change the layout of web pages and offer you the possibility to read them much more easier. There are tons of other great feature and, since the app is free then you should give it a test.
Firefox Browser for Android can be downloaded from Google Play Store here.
Mozilla also has a Beta variant of Firefox for Android. This Beta build is updated constantly and all the new features are usually tested on it first before getting released to the final variant of Firefox. Basically, if you download the Beta variant, you will become a tester for Mozilla and participate in the development of one of the best Android web browsing tools.
You can download the Firefox Beta for Android from this Play Store link here.
Opera Mobile web browser:
Opera Mobile is one of the oldest web browsers out there and now it has reached the Android smartphones. This web browser comes with an interface that has been easily adapted from Desktop version to mobile UI. It isn’t the most popular Android web browser, but it still features syncing features for any part of your device.
Opera Link allows you to sync your desktop browser with your mobile one. You can sync Speed Dial screens, bookmarks, tabs and multiple others. It has built-in support for Twitter and Facebook sharing. Other features are the text wrapping to zoom, page size and orientation. One of the best features of Opera is the Opera Turbo functions.
When enable, the Turbo feature will help you save data by detecting slow connection and compressing websites using Opera Software Turbo servers. All these will reduce the download size for your device, which is great for phones that are getting slow internet connection.
Over 40 million installs have been counted for Opera Mobile for Android. It works with almost any Android OS versions and you can download / install it from this Google Play Store link here.
There is also a Beta version of Opera Mobile for Android (Play Store link here). This one will get the latest updates and changes first for testing purposes. Some of the its main features are the possibility to maintain high speed internet connection even when you’re out of 3G coverage, this is called Off-Road Mode. If you want to get the latest changes and updates, then you should get the Opera browser Beta variant.
Besides the Opera Mobile for Android and Opera Browser Beta, there is also the Opera Mini web browser which is a lite variant. Opera Mini is one of the fastest web browsers that you can install on your Android device. It packs a very user-friendly UI, it is fast and efficient and it reduces data cost using Opera-created software that compresses data as you browse the web. It features Speed Dial, Smart Page and tabbed browsing support. Download Opera Mini from Play Store here.
This is an Android web browser that is fully customizable as you will be able to change the buttons locations and install add-ons that will enhance your internet browsing experience. Customizing Boat Browser is easy to do as you can easily set Volume Buttons to switch between tabs or even scroll web pages.
Boat Browser for Android has been downloaded by over four million users. It might not be the most popular application, but it does what it says with success and you can download it from Google Play Store.
It has support for installing new themes from Boat Browser development team. Add-ons will bring you support for multiple other functions and you will find them by opening the app and checking the ‘add-ons’ menu. The Bookmarks Manager tool has support for creating new folders, drag /drop contents, delete / import / export and sync multiple files at the same time. Also, the developers of Boat Browser will add Chrome bookmarks sync support soon.
Other small features of Boat Browser are the video, flash video and youtube video support, voice command, voice search, multi-touch pinch to zoom functions. If you want to get the Boat Browser for Android, then you should use this link here.
Boat Browse Mini is an alternative to the full version. It doesn’t use as many resources, but it still pretty fast and reliable. You can download it from here.
One of the highest rated Android web browser out there. It packs tons of features that you can use to download ringtones, wallpapers, apps, videos, news and more with a single click using ONE App Center. Those who made this ONE Browser stated that this is one of the fastest Android internet browsing tool.
Other features of ONE browser are as following: Private Mode – use this as the ‘incognito mode’ of Chrome, all the web pages you visit will not be stored in the browsers history; auto-complete url, speed dial, bookmarks, download manager; Evernote integration, Sharing functions, Night Mode, Multi-window management, QR Code support.
ONE Browser has been created by Tencent Mobile International Ltd and it can be downloaded from Google Play Store here. It works with any device running Android 2.1 or later versions. It is free to use and fast when it comes to browsing the web. If you didn’t knew about it until now, then you should give it a test run and decided for yourself.
Chrome Browser – Google:
Everyone knows the Google Chrome browser for Android as it is surely one of the most used applications on mobile devices. Over one hundred million users have been downloading this application and it is the perfect companion app for your Android.
You can enter your Google account details and sign it into your Desktop Chrome variant and then sing in into the mobile version and, every single thing will be automatically synced between both devices. Chrome for Android will not work with older Android phones and this might be a low-point.
It is a fast and one of the most reliable Android web browsing tools for you Google users. The desktop ‘incognito mode’ is there and no info will be stored while using it. Since Google dropped flash support, it means that you won’t be able to play any videos. However, if you find an YouTube video, then you will redirected by the phone to the corresponding app.
The Google Chrome Browser can be grabbed from the Play Store here. If you’re running an old device, but you want the Google Chrome for your device, then you might want to install a custom OS and upgrade to Android 4.1 in order to be able to use it.
Google also released the Beta version of Chrome to the Play Store. This variant is similar to the ‘dev’ variant for Desktop and you can install it and test the latest features and functions that the Google team adds almost weekly. Get the Chrome BETA from here.
These were all the web browsing tools that we’ve tested and you can decide for yourself which one you want to use as default app. If you think that other web browsing tools would’ve been more suited for this post, then you can post them in our comments field.